Adirondack Adventures

The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park in Northern New York which offers limitless recreation amid over 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. As part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondack Region is also home to 100 towns and villages. It is a unique park offering year-round recreation and events.

The Adirondack Park can surprise visitors with a dose of the unexpected, including some off-the-beaten path places to visit in Northern New York which promise historic, scenic and quirky experiences. Some of the places to check out in Northern New York are:

Raquette Lake – named after the French word for “snowshoes,” this tiny hamlet in the central Adirondack Park offers a plethora of classic Adirondack outdoor recreation. Take the Gilded Age Tour, which combines history, boating and rustic architecture. The tour includes a dinner cruise on the W.W. Durant, a stop at Great Camp Sagamore – which is a former Vanderbilt Great Camp offering classes and retreats – and a pass to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. On the Gilded Age Tour you travel through two centuries of Adirondack history.

Peru on Valcour Island, which is home to the Bluff Point Lighthouse, has the largest blue heron rookery in the northeast. Here it is possible to camp on the island for free, take advantage of hiking trails and tour the site of the first U.S. Revolutionary War naval battle. Peru is apple country where you can pick your own, tour orchards and taste locally made treats. A great way to end your visit is with a stagecoach ride or watch field demonstrations at Babbie’s Rural Learning Farm & Museum.

Re-live heritage crafts at Kirschnerville, which is located near Croghan, home to the Adirondack Maple Museum, and is the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm. Recently added to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, the farm hosts the annual Z Fest, featuring blacksmithing demos, rock climbing, wagon rides, woodworking, crafts and more.

The Tooley Pond Tract is located in the Northwestern Adirondack Park and offers a true Adirondack outdoors experience. Paddle the south branch of the Grasse River or take on the wild Oswegatchie River. Hike Tooley Pond Mountain, or to many of the waterfalls located nearby. Fish for perch, trout and golden shiners. A 17-mile bike loop winds through Tooley Pond Tract, offering incredible views of the Grasse River and St. Lawrence County waterfalls.

Visit historic sites and bike paths in Crown Point, home to the Penfield Museum and the village of Ironville. Known as the “Birthplace of the Electric Age,” Crown Point offers incredible biking opportunities and historic tours along Lake Champlain. Watch history come alive during the French & Indian War Encampment weekend in August or take the road less travelled and pedal the Champlain Bikeway.

Whether you’re looking for a short weekend visit, or longer, stop along the way at any one of these hidden Adirondack treasures for a new experience.

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